Jamaicans love horse racing too. Every Kentucky Derby Saturday I try to spin a set devoted to Jamaican horse racing. Just as the bugle starts and gates fly, open I drop the bass and go for m own musical horse race.
In Jamaica, their main track is called Caymanas Park. And the jockeys tend to be Chinese-Jamaicans rather than Latin Americans, as in the US.
<Caymanas Park; 39 sec.>
And because this is Reggae, the best song is a track by Bojangles from when the Two Sevens Clashed (’77) on a grooving Culture riddim, he relays the race between these contenders in the Selassie I Cup: 24 sec.
Soul Youth 3-1
Rome – Even
Pope Pius 3-5 (the guy in the Vatican in 1977)
Win! – Dreadlocks
Place! – Baldhead
Show! – Soul Youth
And here is what happened to Pope Pius….22 sec.
Smile Jamaica Annotated Playlist: May 5, 2018; 90 sec.
Jah Lloyd – Reggae Feeling; Black Moses (Virgin Front Line) ’79 UK vinyl to Mike Brooks
Armagideon – Spiral Galaxy; 12″ (Dubhead) ’96 UK mutant dub vinyl of the hour
Big Youth – Hit the Road Jack (Tribute to Bob, Peter, Bunny); Jamming in the House of Dread (Danceteria) 8/20/90 Live at Reggae Japansplash
Sandra Cross & the Wild Bunch – Free South Africa; Roots Daughters (Ariwa) ’88
Little John – Smoke Ganga (sic) Hard; 10″ (Well Charge) ’81 JA 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
<Celebrating 28 Years of Reggae Radio- best of the early years; 28 sec.>
Spring of 1988 my college roommate and I were having pizza at The Pie near the University of Utah campus. They were playing the local community radio station, KRCL over their hi fi.
We heard for a new volunteer call. My roommate was doing modern 80’s indie sounds and I was doing Reggae on the Univ. of Utah’s radio club K-UTE. Even on that low frills setup (they only broadcast in the Student Union) we had some radio experience. How to mix songs, do set breaks, maintain logs etc.
So we went down to KRCL and pitched our shows. KRCL was set for modern indie sounds but they wanted to expand their ethnic music programming. They accepted my application to do a Sunday Night/Monday AM show I called 3 o’clock Roadblock – after the Bob Marley song on Natty Dread. The show went from 3AM to 6AM.
After about six weeks of training, I debuted either late June or early July 1988. For the nite owls, insomniacs and graveyard workers. Not a lot of listeners but I learned radio. I did that for a year or so (during the coldest winter in 40 years.) I had to call AAA twice that winter.
In Oct. of ’89, I switched to Saturdays on Smile Jamaica. We were on at 1pm back in the 80’s. My bredren Rutaabaga Reese and I together until about summer of 1990 and then I flew solo. And I just keep on keeping on!
So we celebrate that legacy today with 28 years of Roots Reggae and Dubwize!
Smile Jamaica’s Top 5 Salt Lake City Record Stores, 1986-1990
Smokey’s Records; (defunct mid 90’s)
Cosmic Aeroplane (defunct around ’90)
Randy’s Records (still going, mostly vinyl now!)
Starbound (defunct mid 2000’s)
Mad Platter (defunct)
Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives: July 16, 2016: Annotated Playlist – 28 Years: CD version; 17 sec.
Black Uhuru – What Is Life? (E.T. Thorngren rmx); Anthem (Island) ’83
<It was Black Uhuru that made me a Reggae fanatic; 1 min 3 sec.>
Impact! All-Stars; Java; Java Java Dub (Impact!) ’72 UK vinyl: Dub Album of the Hour
Naturalites & Realistics – Picture on the Wall; Rub-a-Dubble vol. 1 (CSA) ’86 UK
<#1 hit of the Islands – Picture on the Wall; 31 sec.>
Yellowman – Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt; Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt (Greensleeves) ‘83
Peter Broggs – International Farmer; International Farmer (RAS) ’82 4:20 Cannabis Service Announcement
Natural Beauty – Nice Up Dancee; Nice Up Dancee (RAS) ’86 UK dawta trio
Set 2: Seven Leaf Set; 13 aec.
Carlton Livingston – Trodding Through the Jungle; Retrospect (Grapevine)
Equators – Feelin’ High; Hot (Stiff) ’81 UK ska
Benjamin Zephaniah – Get High; Rasta (Workers Playtime) ’83 UK
Capital Letters – Smoking My Ganja; 12” Mix; Headline News (Greensleves) ’79 UK youth group
Third World – 96 Degrees in the Shade; 96 Degrees in the Shade (Mango) ‘77
<Jamaican Heroes martyred in their fight against the Brits; 32 sec.>
Aisha – Evil Spirits; High Priestess (Ariwa) ’88 Mad Prof.
The Beat – Tears of a Clown; I Just Can’t Stop It (Go-Feet) ’80 Smokey Robinson 2 Tone ska cover
Don Carlos – Jah, Jah Hear My Plea; Prophecy (Blue Moon) ‘84
Chalawa – Natural Mystic Dub; Exodus Dub (Micron) ’77 Can. Dub cover of Bob Marley
Set 4: Wailers Family Tree; 23 sec.
Peter Tosh – Till Your Well Runs Dry; Legalize It (Columbia) ’76, William Bell cover
Bunny Wailer – Burial; Sings the Wailers (Mango) ’81, Tosh cover
Bob Marley & the Wailers – 3 o’clock Roadblock; Countryman Soundtrack (Mango) ’82: diff. mix: the name of my 1988-89 Reggae show; 1min.
Set 4: Wailers Family Tree – Sistas
Rita Marley – Beauty of God’s Plan; Harambe (Shanachie) ’82
Judy Mowatt – Put It On; Black Woman (Shanachie) ’76 Bob Marley cover
As an avid skywatcher looking for UFOs, last Saturday was a special treat. The Supermoon (aka the Sturgeon Moon). Hot end of Summer Saturday. Watched a little baseball, waited for the sun to go down and around Midnight I sat on my front steps with a little bourbon (and some spinach salad) and scanned the skies while Thievery Corporation* boomed in my living room. I look for Aliens but alas have never seen one of their crafts.
*Mutant Dub your UFO skywatching soundtrack
One summer on my way home to Montana one of the Supermoons was so bright, I shut off my headlights and drove a mile down I 15 illuminated only by Moonlight.
One day before it’s my time, I will see a UFO. Because they are out there! Do not scoff!